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Everything You Need to Know About Hydrotherapy

Posted on July 12, 2018 by - Uncategorized

Couple relaxing in the hot tub at night.

Are you looking to live a healthier lifestyle?

At Imagine Backyard Living, your health and wellness is important to us. That’s why we carry some of the top-leading hot tub brands around the world, because they are designed and manufactured to offer you a wide array of health benefits. Soaking in a hot tub on a regular basis can help boost your physical, emotional and mental health through hydrotherapy.

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at hot tub hydrotherapy and how soaking in an outdoor hot tub can truly help revolutionize your lifestyle.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a water-based therapeutic technique that has been used for hundreds of years. The healing properties of warm, flowing water are utilized to help improve how you feel, both physically and mentally. It’s even used to help aid the healing process following a surgery or injury.

These properties are harnessed and replicated using modern hot tubs and spas. Advanced features such as ergonomic seating, interior illumination, powerful jets, and user-friendly temperature control systems enable hot tub owners to take their hydrotherapy healing into their own hands – or backyards.

To learn more about how the features inside a Sundance® Spas or Jacuzzi® hot tub can help boost your health, speak with one of the experts at Imagine Backyard Living in Scottsdale today.

How Does Hydrotherapy Work?

Hydrotherapy utilizes three properties of the hot tub water: buoyancy, temperature, and massage.

Buoyancy

As you immerse your body into the jet-infused water, chances are you’ll notice the immediate feeling of weightlessness. This is due to the buoyant properties of the water. In fact, the buoyancy of the water lifts about 90% of your body weight from your muscles and joints.

This new-found freedom gives your sore and tired body a much-needed break, as the weight of the world is quite literally lifted from your shoulders! Now that your body is free from added pressure, they can finally benefit from the heat of the water and massage from the jets.

Temperature

The water’s heat can have an almost immediate effect on your entire body. The warm water surrounding every inch of your body can help to ease tense muscles and soothe sore joints, helping your body reach a feeling of pure relaxation. Not to mention, the warm water feels amazing!

Massage

Now that your body has adapted to this environment that’s geared toward healing and relaxation, the powerful massage jets can really work their magic. The jets in each Jacuzzi® and Sundance® Spas hot tub are strategically placed throughout the tank to target the most stress-prone and tense areas of your body. This includes but isn’t limited to your neck, shoulders, feet, and upper back.

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

The buoyancy, temperature, and massage combined can result in a wide array of health benefits. Soaking in a hot tub on a regular basis can help improve and regulate your blood circulation, helping oxygen better reach various parts of your body. It can also help ease tension, reduce pain, and so much more, which can be felt long after you’ve exited the luxurious water.

Some of the most notable health benefits of hydrotherapy include:

These health benefits are only the beginning. Taking time to yourself or spending some much-needed quality time with a significant other or close friend can greatly boost emotional and mental health, due to reduced stress and other various benefits of social interaction.

Hot Tubs in Arizona

If you’re intrigued by the many health benefits of hydrotherapy or you think this therapeutic technique might be what your lifestyle is missing, contact us today. Our team of hot tub and backyard leisure specialists would be more than happy to help you learn more about our hot tubs and spas for sale in Arizona.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Swim Spa

Posted on June 15, 2018 by - Uncategorized

Backyard swim spa

Is it time for a change?

Perhaps your backyard is in dire need of a transformation or your family is looking for a new way to spend time together. Or maybe you’re looking to make an investment in your property that boosts your overall quality of living. No matter your motivation, our experts at Imagine Backyard Living might just have the solution for you. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the many benefits of Hydropool Swim Spas.

Read on for more information! (more…)

How to Exercise in Your Outdoor Hot Tub

Posted on June 1, 2018 by - Uncategorized

Looking for a new approach to exercise? The solution might be sitting in your very own backyard. That’s right, it’s your hot tub! The soothing warmth of the water combined with the feeling of weightlessness helps to create the perfect environment for low-impact exercise!

To learn more about aquatic exercise and explore some exercises that you can try, read on!

The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise

Exercising in the water offers multiple benefits for your body. The combination of heat and buoyancy create an environment geared toward those who suffer from aches, pains and other conditions that affect your physical wellbeing, such as arthritis.

Here’s how it works: the buoyancy of the water provides you with a feeling of weightlessness and freedom, due to the fact that it lifts about 90% of the weight from your body, while the heat can help you to relax and feel rejuvenated once you exit.

You might find that you move slower in the water than you do on dry land. This is due to resistance, which can help create a more low-impact workout, as your feet won’t be hitting the floor as fast, which can aggravate muscles and joints. Not to mention that the resistance can also give you something to work against, rendering your workout more effective.

Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

Hot Tub Exercises

Now that you know why hot tub exercise is beneficial to your health, why don’t you try implementing some of the following into your aquatic workout? We’ve gathered some of our favorite and most effective exercises that are geared toward people of all experience levels when it comes to exercise.

Beginner

  • Arm crossovers
  • Flutter kicks
  • Torso twists

Intermediate

  • Lunges
  • Push-ups
  • Reverse crunches

Experienced

  • Triceps dips
  • Plank
  • Squats

Before starting any new fitness regimen, we recommend speaking with a healthcare professional first. Here at Imagine Backyard Living in Arizona, your best health is always our top priority!

There are a few other things to keep in mind if you’ll be exercising in the hot tub. Choose a bathing suit that will allow you to move around freely and more comfortably. Keep a towel and bottle of water close by, so that you can stay hydrated and exit the water if necessary. Before you begin your workout, always let someone else know what you’ll be doing or see if they would like to lounge outside of the hot tub and keep you company. Lastly, turn on some music from your outdoor stereo system or spa speakers to keep you motivated!

Hot Tubs in Arizona

Are you feeling motivated to workout in your hot tub? We have a large selection of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, Sundance® Spas, and Hydropool Swim Spas for sale at our Scottsdale spa store. To learn more about aquatic exercise or equip your backyard with a high-quality spa, contact us today! Our experts at Imagine Backyard Living would be more than happy to help you find the right solution for your backyard, accessorize it accordingly, and live an overall better quality of life!

Beauty in the Details

Posted on May 15, 2018 by - Uncategorized

As a one of a kind retail experience dedicated to uniting pool and backyard living specialty retailers together through a showroom they can participate in, at Imagine Backyard Living, we fully believe that the beauty of outdoor living is in the details.

That’s why we’ve brought together many of the Valley’s most respected companies to deliver you with a complete backyard living experience. We’ve cultivated relationships with the following companies to give you the very best:

Hot Tubs and Spas

Backyard Furnishings

Backyard Kitchens

Hardscapes and Landscape

Patio Cooling and Heating

We invite you to come find out more about our showroom experience and our trusted partners anytime! Let us help you uncover the beauty in your backyard’s details.

Planning a Spring Fling Garden Party

Posted on May 3, 2018 by - Uncategorized

The weather is nice, the days are longer, you have put a ton of work into your new backyard landscaping, and you now, all you need is an excuse to throw a party. Look no further than the season. Spring is an inspiration and great motivator to get your friends and family together for an outdoor spring-themed garden party.

Decorations and Theme

Like any party, design and theme can make or break the environment you are trying to create for your guests. Luckily, the spring theme is perfect for generating ideas that are easy to execute and that look great. Especially if you are planning on throwing the party in your backyard, look around and draw ideas from the landscape around you. If you are setting up cocktail tables for guests to stand and chat around, make table settings out of flowers and other plants picked from your landscape. If you have decorative rosemary plants anywhere in your yard, use cuttings to make scented garlands that you place behind chairs for visual highlights that will fill your guests’ senses with thoughts of spring.

Food and Drinks

For any backyard party, it is always best to go simple and light with the food and beverages. Springtime finger foods like chicken and vegetable skewers or chips and dips using fresh seasonal vegetables like spinach artichoke or basil pesto, are great ways to keep your guests snacking without making the process too complicated. If you are serving cocktails, consider making up batches of a seasonally themed punch like sangria or a French 75 that you can make ahead of time and keep on ice for your guests to pour throughout the night.

Games

Springtime is the best time for outdoor party games and there are so many that you can setup for your guests of all ages to enjoy. There are the classic garden games, croquette and badminton, and there are the easier to learn and easier to draw a crowd favorites like horseshoes, washers, or bocce. Most sporting goods stores carry sets for all of these games and they are easy to setup in different areas of your yard for a relaxed rotating competition between your guests.

Don’t get too stressed out about throwing a spring-themed garden party though. It’s safe to say that with the weather as beautiful as it is, most friends and family would welcome any excuse to enjoy some food, drinks, and good conversation no matter what the games or décor look like.

Why Buying a Hot Tub or Swim Spa from a Home Show Is Probably Not a Good Idea

Posted on April 24, 2018 by - Uncategorized

We have learned from many customers about the dangers and pitfalls of buying a hot tub or swim spa from a Home Show.

Here are a few things for you to consider if you go to that environment:

  • Homeshows may be OK to visit for ideas, they are not a good place to make a purchase decision on a big-ticket item. Take time to investigate and research the dealer and the brand before signing any contracts.
  • Do not make a major deposit as a down payment. If you do make a down payment, make the amount very small and use a credit card so you can easily cancel. Get in writing that the exhibitor will give you the right to cancel with a full refund if you change your mind. DO NOT buy if you don’t have this option.
  • Many companies hire professional sales teams that are accustomed to pressuring people to buy at Home Shows. Oftentimes these high-pressure tactics lead to impulse purchases and significant buyer’s remorse.
  • Make sure the brand is recognizable and has been in business for a long time.  Reputable brands like Jacuzzi Hot Tubs, Sundance Spas and Hydropool Swim Spas wont allow their products to be sold in this type of environment in many markets because of these high pressure tactics.
  • Most Home Shows post warnings to attendees to be careful and cautious of making purchases and that the Home Show management will not stand behind any claims made by exhibitors and the products they sell.
  • Test soak before you buy. Taking a test soak is the most critical step in making a good decision.
  • Don’t get caught up in all the talk about what is under the cabinet-it’s a clasic sales technique to confuse you. You are investing in a hot tub for the quality of the hydrotherapy experience and what it does for you. Trust established, world class manufacturers that have been building hot tubs for decades to know how what is right.
  • Lots of jets and high horsepower pumps do not equal great hydrotherapy. This usually means higher energy costs and major costly repairs in the future.
  • Search for reviews on the brand and the dealer.

As always, its important to be wary of deals that are “too good to be true” and high pressure sales tactics. Many of these companies do most all of their business at Home Shows so they are in trouble if they don’t close sales. What’s most important is that you take your time to explore your options. This is a long-term investment that can quickly turn bad if you make an impulsive buy.

Visit or contact us anytime for questions and a thorough tour of all that Imagine Backyard Living and the Jacuzzi brands have to offer!

Yes, It’s Another Fake “AZ Spa Show”

Posted on April 11, 2018 by - Uncategorized

How many times will a dealer represent there is an ‘AZ Spa Show This Weekend Only’ when it’s just them trying to fool you? Local dealers trying to give the impression they are having a ‘show’ featuring many dealers and brands is an ongoing, misrepresentation of the truth. If you can’t trust a dealer to be honest with their advertising, how could you trust them by spending $1000’s of dollars with them? This is the exact reason hot tub dealers from all over the country end up out of business and leaving the consumer in hot water.

Here are some important things to consider before you invest in a hot tub:

  • Don’t be fooled by these misleading advertising tactics. Quality brands will not allow dealers to misrepresent their products in this way.
  • Check reviews on the product and the dealer.
  • Don’t get tricked by sales tactics trying to confuse you about what’s under the cabinet. The reason you are investing in a hot tub is for the hydrotherapy. Lots of pumps and jets do not equate to a quality hydrotherapy experience or a long-lasting investment.
  • Try before you buy! Get in the hot tub and test the hydrotherapy for yourself. If they don’t have a private area for you to take your time in a test soak, that should evidence enough that they do not want you to try before you buy.
  • Take your time and explore whats available on the market. Find a dealer and a brand that offers a quality brand from a recognized manufacturer. At the end of the day, it’s the manufacturer that will be the one to back up the warranties if and when these types of dealers disappear.

Visit Imagine Backyard Living, the #1 Volume Single Store Jacuzzi & Sundance Dealer in the World 3 years in a row!

Cleaning Out Those Perennial Garden Beds

Posted on April 3, 2018 by - Uncategorized

The weather is turning and now is the time to start dreaming of your evenings outside by the pool. A stunning outdoor kitchen where you can whip up delicious gourmet meals with friends and family members while creating lasting memories is truly one of life’s greatest luxuries.

If you are feeling like your outdoor environment needs a little love in advance of spring, our team is happy to help craft the perfect open-air kitchen. Here are a few of our favorite features to consider including in a kitchen designed for your lifestyle:

Cook Space
Counter space is never something to limit. This is also true for outdoor kitchens. You’ll want to design your outdoor environment with plenty of counter space for cooking prep, laying out food spreads, and gathering guests.

Al Fresco Dining

A pergola or arbor offer a great place to put a sheltered outdoor table for dining poolside. Instead of returning to your formal dining room inside, consider incorporating an outdoor space to spend your evenings and enjoy your meals under the stars.

Great Grill

At Imagine Backyard Living, we offer one of the most versatile outdoor cookers – the Primo Ceramic Grill. With a special patent to deliver simultaneous yet direct cooking heat, these beautiful designs deliver you the art of gourmet cooking at your fingertips.

Furnishings
To finish off your outdoor environment, you need the right furniture for your guests and family to lounge on while they polish off any delicious plates. We carry a variety of top quality pool and outdoor furniture to fit your aesthetic sense.

Throwing a Spring Solstice Garden Party

Posted on March 20, 2018 by - Uncategorized

The Spring Solstice is the one of two days a year that the sun finds its way directly above the equator. It’s a phenomenon that has elicited wonder in civilizations for ages, it is a day where sunlight perfectly equals darkness, and it is the absolute perfect reason to throw a garden party.

There are several countries around the world that mark the Spring Solstice as their new year including India, Turkey, and many regions in Asia. It is a time to celebrate the new life that the changing of the seasons brings to the natural world around us and a perfect excuse to ring in a renewed sense of self in all of our personal lives. Here are a few quick tips for throwing a perfect Solstice Garden party for all of your family and friends to enjoy.

Food

Food is always the centerpiece of any shindig and what you choose to serve your guests can make or break a memorable event. In the spirit of renewal and spring, choose a menu of fresh food options that complement the season. Every green vegetable under the sun is available in Arizona during the month of march so put together a giant bowl of fresh greens like shaved raw brussels sprouts, finely chopped kale, spicy fresh scallions, and asparagus tips. Add in generous handfuls of chopped walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and cubed fresh beets with a simple herb vinaigrette and you are sure to have your guest’s mouths watering. Accompany that with some grilled skewers of chicken, beef, and shrimp marinated in garlic, olive oil, lemon, and parsley and finish it all off with little bowls of fresh strawberries (a March seasonal specialty) and vanilla ice cream and your guests will be talking about your kitchen acumen for the rest of the year.

Drinks

Other than food, accompanying beverages are the next critical component. Take advantage of the abundance of citrus coming ripe at this time and put together a little grapefruit Bellini bar with assorted brands of Prosecco and fresh squeezed juices. This bubbly concoction will lift spirits and some “virgin” carafes of juice and sparkling flavored soda will keep the kids involved in the festivities as well.

Activities

March 20th is also World Storytelling Day so invite your guests to get up and spin their favorite yarn of the previous year. Impromptu speeches are a great way to get to know your guests more intimately and to mark the occasion with shared memories that everyone can take into the rest of the year. Go the extra mile and rent a little PA system for the occasion. Once the speeches are done, a laptop tuned in to youtube can turn the late-night portion of the event into a karaoke party for those with the courage to let s few notes fly.

Decorations

Think simple and just let your garden do the decorating. Rent some small cocktail tables with basic white linens and adorn them flowers from your garden or some seasonal choices from your local florist. Hydrangea, Cornflower, and Lily of the Incas are all great choices and should be available at any Arizona florist during this time of the year.

Planning celebrations to mark the passage of the seasons is a great way to take advantage of your outdoor entertaining spaces and an even better excuse to invite your favorite people to enjoy a fun-filled night of good food, laughter, and a little music during what is hands down the best part of the year.

Don’t be fooled by fake “Spa Shows”

Posted on March 16, 2018 by - Uncategorized

Often you will see urgent advertising for a Spa Show or other misleading promotion from local dealers trying to give the impression they are having a ‘show’ featuring many dealers and brands. These are nothing more than misleading advertising tactics to make it seem like its something it is not. If a dealer would mislead you in their advertising, how else will they mislead you?

Here are some important things to consider before you invest in a hot tub:

  • Don’t be fooled…there are major differences in quality between brands. Make sure the brand is recognizable and has been around a long time. At the end of the day, the manufacturer of the spa is going to be your final source of service if the dealer fails or leaves.
  • Check reviews on the product and the dealer.
  • Don’t get tricked by sales tactics trying to confuse you about what’s under the cabinet. The reason you are investing in a hot tub is for the hydrotherapy. Lots of pumps and jets do not equate to a quality hydrotherapy experience or a long-lasting investment.
  • Try before you buy! Get in the hot tub and test the hydrotherapy for yourself. If they don’t have a private area for you to take your time in a test soak, that should evidence enough that they do not want you to try before you buy.
  • Take your time and explore whats available on the market. Find a dealer and a brand that has an experienced team of people you can trust.

Visit Imagine Backyard Living, the #1 Volume Single Store Jacuzzi & Sundance Dealer in the World 3 years in a row!